Courses for Fall 2021

Title Instructor Location Time All taxonomy terms Description Section Description Cross Listings Fulfills Registration Notes Syllabus Syllabus URL Course Syllabus URL
LALS 072-401 Intro Lat Am & Latino St TR 10:15 AM-11:45 AM Designed to introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of Latin American and Latino Studies, this is a seminar oriented toward first and second year students. Readings will range widely, from scholarly work on the colonial world that followed from and pushed back against the "conquest"; to literary and artistic explorations of Latin American identities; to social scientists' explorations of how Latinos are changing the United States in the current generation. HIST072401
LALS 174-401 Capitalism, Socialism and Crisis in the 20th Century Americas Amy C Offner MW 01:45 PM-02:45 PM From the crisis of the Great Depression through the 1970s, the United States and Latin America produced remarkable efforts to remake society and political economy. This course analyzes the Cuban and Guatemalan revolutions, as well as social movements that transformed the United States: the black freedom movement, the labor movement, and changing forms of Latino politics. In all three countries, Americans looked for ways to reform capitalism or build socialism; address entrenched patterns of racism; define and realize democracy; and achieve national independence. They conceived of these challenges in dramatically different ways. Together, we'll compare national histories and analyze the relationships between national upheavals. In studying the US and Latin America together, the class allows students to explore central questions in both regions' histories. What did capitalism, socialism, and communism amount to? What did democracy mean? What were the roots of racial inequality and how did Americans address it? Why were Americans so enticed by economic growth, and how did they pursue it? How did the Cold War shape social movements? What purposes did unions serve? How did Christianity inform movements for and against social change? Studying these regions together also allows us to explore international interactions. How did the black freedom movement in the US relate to the Cuban revolution? How did Latin American immigration shape the US labor movement? How did US Cold War policy influence Latin American revolutionary movements? The goal of this class is for you to interpret the readings and decide what you think. What you learn in this class, and the quality of our experience together, depends on your reading closely, coming to class with informed ideas and questions, and being prepared to help your classmates answer theirs. We will read approximately 100 pages per week. No background is required. HIST174401 History & Tradition Sector (all classes) <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Registration also required for Recitation (see below)</span>
LALS 177-401 Colonial Pasts & Indigenous Futures: A History of Belize & Central America Richard M Leventhal W 01:45 PM-04:45 PM The small country of Belize (formerly British Honduras) represents the past history and ongoing story of Central America and the region. Belize has a colonial past and present with strong ties to the UK and emerging connections to the US. At the same time, there is a growing post-colonial debate within the country about the role of indigenous Maya people in the past, present and future of the country. This course will be the first of two courses which will lead to active work in Belize during the summer of 2021 with the development and creation of a Community Museum within the Maya village of Indian Creek in southern Belize. This course will be taught by Richard M. Leventhal who has worked in Belize for the past 20 years. Leventhal will be joined by 3 Maya activists from Belize who will co-teach the class for 5-6 weeks out of the semester. ANTH177401, HIST073401
LALS 197-401 Era of Revolutions in the Atlantic World Roquinaldo Ferreira CANCELED This class examines the global ramifications of the era of Atlantic revolutions from the 1770s through the 1820s. With a particular focus on French Saint Domingue and Latin America, it provides an overview of key events and individuals from the period. Along the way, it assesses the impact of the American and French revolutions on the breakdown of colonial regimes across the Americas. Students will learn how to think critically about citizenship, constitutional power, and independence movements throughout the Atlantic world. Slavery and the transatlantic slave trade were seriously challenged in places such as Haiti, and the class investigates the appropriation and circulation of revolutionary ideas by enslaved people and other subaltern groups. HIST197401, AFRC197401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.</span>
LALS 240-401 Contemp Brazilian Cinema Mercia Flannery TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Topics vary. For current course description, please see department's webpage: PRTG240401, CIMS232401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.</span>
LALS 258-401 Caribbean Mus & Diaspora Timothy Rommen R 01:45 PM-04:45 PM This course considers Caribbean musics within a broad and historical framework.Caribbean musical practices are explored by illustrating the many ways that aesthetics, ritual, communication, religion, and social structure are embodied in and contested through performance. These initial inquiries open onto an investigation of a range of theoretical concepts that become particularly pertinent in Caribbean contexts--concepts such as post-colonialism, migration, ethnicity, hybridity, syncretism, and globalization. Each of these concepts, moreover, will be explored with a view toward understanding its connections to the central analytical paradigm of the course--diaspora. Throughout the course, we will listen to many different styles and repertories of music ranging from calpso to junkanoo, from rumba to merengue, and from dance hall to zouk. We will then work to understand them not only in relation to the readings that frame our discussions but also in relation to our own North-American contexts of music consumption and production. AFRC257401, ANTH256401, MUSC257401
LALS 274-601 Facing America William D Schmenner MW 05:15 PM-06:45 PM This course explores the visual history of race in the United States as both self-fashioning and cultural mythology by examining the ways that conceptions of Native American, Latino, and Asian identity, alongside ideas of Blackness and Whiteness, have combined to create the various cultural ideologies of class, gender, and sexuality that remain evident in historical visual and material culture. We also investigate the ways that these creations have subsequently helped to launch new visual entertainments, including museum spectacles, blackface minstrelsy, and early film, from the colonial period through the 1940s. ARTH274601, ASAM294601, ARTH674601, AFRC294601, CIMS293601 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Synchronous Format</span>
LALS 286-401 Latin American Theatre Jennifer Thompson TR 01:45 PM-03:15 PM This course will examine contemporary Latin American and Latinx theatre and performance from a hemispheric perspective. In particular, we will study how Latin American and Latinx artists engage with notions of identity, nation, and geo-political and geo-cultural borders, asking how we might study "national" theatres in an age of transnational globalization. Our consideration of plays, performances, and theoretical texts will situate Latin American and Latinx theatre and performance within the context of its politics, culture, and history. THAR286401, ENGL049401, COML286401
LALS 328-401 Diplomacy in the Americas: the Penn Model Oas Program Catherine E.M. Bartch T 04:30 PM-06:00 PM
R 04:30 PM-06:00 PM
"Diplomacy in the Americas" an academically based community service course in which students work with Philadelphia and Norristown public school students to explore solutions to critical problems facing the Americas. Entrenched political, economic, and social inequality, combined with environmental degradation, weak institutions, pervasive health epidemics, weapon proliferation, and other issues pose formidable hurdles for strengthening democratic ideals and institutions. The Organization of the American States (OAS), the world's oldest regional organization, is uniquely poised to confront these challenges. "Diplomacy in the Americas" guides students through the process of writing policy resolutions as though the students were Organization of the American States (OAS) diplomats, basing their research and proposals on democracy, development, security, and human rights - the four pillars of the OAS. Students will also read literature about what it means to educate for a democracy and global citizenry, and they will have the opportunity to turn theory into practice by creating and executing curriculum to teach and mentor the high school students through interactive and experiential pedagogies. PSCI328401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">An Academically Based Community Serv Course</span>
LALS 352-401 Medical Mestizaje: Medical Mestizaje: Health and Development in Contemporary Latin America Juan Sebastian Gil-Riano MW 10:15 AM-11:45 AM Latin American nations as we know them today emerged in the nineteenth century after violent independence struggles against the Spanish Empire. Since independence, mestizaje has been an influential ideology that seeks to portray the identity of Latin American nations as comprised of a unique cultural and racial fusion between Amerindian, European, and African peoples. Through historical, anthropological, and STS approaches this course examines how concerns with racial fusion and purity have shaped the design and implementation of public health programmes in Latin America after independence and into the 20th century. Topics include: tropical medicine and race; public health and urbanization; toxicity and exposure in industrialized settings; biomedicine and social control; indigenous health; genomics and health; food and nutrition. HSOC352401
LALS 388-001 Mexican Cinema Jorge Tellez
Michael R Solomon
T 01:45 PM-03:15 PM Topics vary. Please see the Spanish Department's website for the current course description: CIMS388001, SPAN388001 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Registration also required for Seminar and Recitation (see below)</span>
LALS 396-401 Contemporary Colombian Fiction: A History of Violence and Redemption Oscar Montoya MW 10:15 AM-11:45 AM Topics vary. Please see the Spanish Department's website for the current course description: SPAN390401
LALS 397-401 Afro-Latin America: Culture, Knowledge, and Agency? Odette Casamayor MW 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Topics vary. Please see the Spanish Department's website for the current course description: SPAN396401
LALS 397-402 Latin America Past and Present: From Its Origins To the 21st Century Jorge Tellez TR 10:15 AM-11:45 AM Topics vary. Please see the Spanish Department's website for the current course description: SPAN396402
LALS 397-403 The Ethnographer in Latin American Literature and Film Ashley R Brock TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Topics vary. Please see the Spanish Department's website for the current course description: CIMS396403, SPAN396403
LALS 398-401 Latin American Marxisms Ericka Beckman TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Topics vary. Please see the Spanish Department's website for the current course description: SPAN397401
LALS 398-402 Ecocritical Approaches To Latin American Literature Ashley R Brock TR 03:30 PM-05:00 PM Topics vary. Please see the Spanish Department's website for the current course description: SPAN397402
LALS 424-401 Latinx Communities and the Role of Cbo's in Social Change Johnny Irizarry W 05:15 PM-08:15 PM The purpose of this course to create a Latino Studies/Service Learning ABCS course that cultivates dialogue and knowledge about the social, political, cultural and historical complexities of the Latinx experience in the United States (Philadelphia in particular) and the roles Latinx CBO's play in meeting the needs of Latinx communities and in impacting social change. SOCI424401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">An Academically Based Community Serv Course</span>
LALS 437-401 Love, Anger, Madness: History and Silences in Modern Haiti Grace Louise B Sanders Johnson M 10:15 AM-01:15 PM AFRC436401, GSWS436401, HIST436401
LALS 596-401 Surrealism in Americas: A Creative and Critical Writing and Performance Workshop Alissa M. Jordan R 03:30 PM-06:30 PM Surrealism in the Americas is a workshop focused around the reading, writing and production of surrealist manifestos, plays, performances, poems and fiction. Taking the stance that surrealist literary production is at its base a left aesthetic engagement with form and politics, the course will survey North American, South American and Caribbean engagements with what is largely misunderstood as a European aesthetic and movement. The works of Aime Cesaire, Adrienne Kennedy, Leonora Carrington, Martin Ramirez, and Grupo Etcetera, among many others, will be studied and used as models for students' own writing and performance. Work will be both individually and collectively generated and the opportunity to work on public performances of surrealist plays will be part of the workshop. GSWS398401, ANTH396401, ANTH596401, FNAR596401
LALS 661-401 Language Diversity & Education Nelson L Flores T 05:15 PM-07:15 PM Exploration of issues affecting educational policy and classroom practice in multilingual, multicultural settings, with an emphasis on ethnographic research. Selected U.S. and international cases illustrate concerns relating to learners' bilingual/bicultural/biliterate development in formal educational settings. Topics include policy contexts, program structures, teaching and learning in the multilingual classroom, discourses and identities in multilingual education policy and practice, and the role of teachers, researchers, and communities in implementing change in schools. Prerequisite: Permission needed from the department. EDUC661401
LALS 670-401 Oral History Ann C. Farnsworth-Alvear
Grace Louise B Sanders Johnson
M 01:45 PM-04:45 PM From wax cylinders to reel-to-reel to digital video, recording technologies expanded the historical profession dramatically during the twentieth century, a process that is ongoing in the present. We will read some classics, such as Barbara Myerhoff's Number Our Days and Alessandro Portelli's Death of Luigi Trastulli, as well as scholarly pieces aimed at working historians, and we will discuss public history approaches, such as the video recordings collected by the Library of Congress's Civil Rights History Project and other internet-based collections. This course centers on methodology - students will learn about 'best practices' in the field and will work toward creating an interview record that can be housed in an archive and accessed by other researchers. All students will use digital video and will practice creating accessible links to both video and audio material, although the interviewees involved may choose an audio-only format. NOTE: Each person interviewed maintains rights to the interview material unless she or he explicitly donates those rights to an archive. Interviewees' privacy and intellectual property rights will be respected by all seminar participants. AFRC670401
LALS 697-401 Black Feminist Knowledge/Agency/Cltrl Productn-Contemp Lt America/Caribbean Odette Casamayor W 03:30 PM-06:30 PM Topics vary. Please see the Spanish Department's website for the current course description: SPAN697401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Undergraduates Need Permission</span>